Donovan Schaefer

Donovan O. Schaefer is an assistant professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his B.A. in the interdisciplinary Religion, Literature, and the Arts program at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. His master’s and doctoral degrees in Religion are from Syracuse University. After completing his doctorate, he held a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Haverford College, then spent three years as a departmental lecturer in science and religion at the University of Oxford. His first book, Religious Affects: Animality, Evolution, and Power (Duke 2015) challenges the notion that religion is inextricably linked to language and belief, proposing instead that it is primarily driven by affects.

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